Dave Dikranian has been named the new girls soccer coach at Hand. He replaces Katie Keogh, who took the same position at Cheshire Academy.
This the first varsity coaching job for Dikranian, 42, who used to coach with South Central Premier before starting his own Victory Soccer Academy a few years ago, where he works closely with town clubs, including Madison.
“I had other opportunities to coach at the high school level, but I passed them up because I didn’t think they were the right fit for me,” Dikranian said. “Hand was very intriguing for me because of the expectations and passion there. They want to be successful.”
If the Dikranian name looks familiar, it should: Bob Dikranian was the former men’s soccer coach at Southern Connecticut State University and is currently the director of coaching at South Central Premier.
Dave Dikranian, a 1991 Branford High graduate, was an assistant coach for one year back in 2005 for the Cheshire girls. That year, the Rams were Class LL state co-champions with Simsbury. In addition to his Victory Soccer Academy, Dikranian has been the video coordinator for the Yale women’s soccer team for the last 10 years. He will continue that job as well.
Speaking of state champions, Hand has one in its own SCC Hammonasset Division. Guilford is the defending Class L champion, as well as the reigning SCC champ. Of course, Guilford vs. Hand is as big as any soccer rivalry in the SCC.
“I’d like the team to be very competitive and I want to set the goals high,” Dikranian said. “I have to feel out the team to see where we are, but I always think you have to set standards high.”
Said Hand athletic director Craig Semple: “A lot of his teaching style seems to be the best fit for our type of kids. It’s a competitive environment, but a teaching environment as well and he has the right disposition (for both).”